Sacramento Beer Week: Captain Black IPA (Ruhstaller)
This dark IPA from local start-up Ruhstaller pours an impenetrable black with ruby highlights and a lacy, sandy brown head. The nose features fresh pine, rustic bread, and lemon zest, while the taste puts peachy fruits on the periphery of a prototypically bitter India Pale Ale. Mellow roasted grains and mild espresso notes complete the portrait, with a thoroughly enjoyable resin bitterness lingering on the tongue throughout. Captain Black strikes the perfect balance between the mouth-puckering intensity of an IPA and the richness and depth of a dark ale, and it is truly one of the best Black IPAs I’ve ever tasted.